Main Street Pet Care- Overweight Pets Pt. 1- October 8, 2013

Main Street Pet Care- Overweight Pets Pt. 1- October 8, 2013

Dr. Ben Leavens explains the health risks that exist with excess weight in pets.

October 9th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

The Problem

41 million dogs are obese and 47 million cats are obese in the USA.

3 lbs. to a 15 lb. Boston Terrier is like 30 lbs.  to a 150 lb. person. 

1 slice of pizza to that same dog is like ten slices to a 150 lb person.

Primary Risks of Excess Weight in Pets


  • Exercise Intolerance and Overheating
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart and Respiratory Disease
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Kidney Disease
  • Many Forms of Cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)
  • Increased Anesthetic Risks


What Should My Pet Weigh?


Cannot see ribs, but you can easily feel them. Pet has a waist behind rib cage when viewed from above.

Viewed from side, the stomach tucks in behind the rib cage. Maintain current feeding regimen.


Cannot feel ribs, or can feel them only with significant pressure. Fat deposits at base of tail. Belly is rounded when viewed from the side. For weight loss, follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for feeding. Compare again at scheduled check-up. Make feeding adjustments as directed.

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